A Stella Artois beer glass filled with beer in front of several different Stella Artois packages (Photo: Deeliver on Unsplash)

Belgium | AB-InBev showed a strong first-quarter performance, indicating that the impact of the ongoing Bud Light boycott in the US is diminishing. Revenues of USD 14.5 billion increased 2.3 percent from the year-ago quarter, in line with expectations, while EBITDA and volumes grew better than forecast, including in North America, its largest region by revenues, analysts said.

Neon sign saying Corona (Photo: Samuel Regan Asante on Unsplash)

United Kingdom | The Heineken brand did not carry the crown for long. Corona Extra reclaimed the title as the world’s most valuable beer brand, after its brand value increased by 40 percent and it surpassed Heineken, according to the 2024 Brand Finance Beers 50 report, published in early May.

A bottle of Augustiner Helles Lagerbier next to an empty glass on a restaurant table (Photo: Volker Derlath, courtesy of Rumpler restaurant, Munich)

Germany | Who would have thought that the launch of a non-alcoholic Augustiner Helles in March would get punters into a tizzy? As locals swap tips as to how to get hold of the scarce supplies, the commentariat is swooning about the 700-year-old brewery breaking with tradition and brewing a non-alcoholic version of its classic Helles.

Two red wooden benches in front of a wall with Guinness advertising (Photo: K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash)

Ireland | Obtaining planning permission is notoriously difficult in Ireland and even more so in rural areas. Diageo, the owner of Guinness, may have been a bit overambitious when it announced in 2022 that its new EUR 200 million brewery on the island would be operational this year.

Green Carlsberg bottle lying on a rack in a fridge (Photo: Tookapic on Pixabay)

Denmark | Danish brewer Carlsberg sold more of its premium beer brands and saw price increases in all its main markets during the first quarter, although beer drinkers in China continued to hold back, its CEO said on 30 April.

Outside view of Masham Black Brewery (Photo: Kreuzschnabel (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2014_Masham_Black_Sheep_Brewery.jpg), „2014 Masham Black Sheep Brewery“, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode)

United Kingdom | Currently the market for craft beer is very tough and brewery failures are rising. But the private equity group Breal seems to believe that things will improve eventually and craft beer sales will rise again. Over the course of the past year, Breal has acquired four craft breweries on the cusp of going bust. Breal believes it can turn them around while adding more breweries to its portfolio in order to improve economies of scale.

View of the Kreml in Moscow (Photo: Michael Parulava on Unsplash)

Russia | The duty on imported beer from countries officially called “unfriendly” (that is most of Western countries) has risen 2.5 times, the Russian business paper Kommersant reported on 20 April. If it was RUB 4 per litre before, it is now RUB 10 (USD 0.11), according to data from the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Outside view of Cavas Freixenet (Photo: Enric (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:001_Caves_Freixenet,_c._Joan_Sala_2_(Sant_Sadurní_d'Anoia).jpg), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode)

Spain | With Catalonia experiencing its fourth successive year of drought, the Spanish-German cava giant Freixenet, a brand of sparkling wines, is to furlough 80 percent of its workers in the north-eastern Spanish region, media reported on 23 April.

Two people working over some documents, detail (Photo: Scott Graham on Unsplash)

United Kingdom | Major companies with a presence in Britain, including brewer AB-InBev and the bottler Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, are taking well over 100 days to pay back their suppliers, according to the latest report on invoice payments by Good Business Pays, a think tank, released in March.

Small Lady Justice statue on a desk (Photo: jessica45 on Pixabay)

Russia | Russia's Baltika is suing four Carlsberg subsidiaries for damages amounting to DKK 6.24 billion (USD 902 million), it was reported on 1 April (despite the date, this is no joke).

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